Archive for January, 2011

Passionist Novitiate 2008-2009

21 January, 2011

Our hopes and confidences

20 January, 2011

Let all our hopes repose in the infinite goodness of God. Let us place our confidence only in His Paternal Kindness. Let us hope to be saved through the power of God, through the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, and through the intercession of the Mother of Sorrows!  (Letters of St. Paul of the Cross)

– Mystical Flowers from Calvary, Padre Pacifico, Washbourne and Borgan, London, 1933

Consideratio …

11 January, 2011

“The basic theme is the one that you have noted: Do not become utterly absorbed in activism! There would be so much to do that one could be working on it constantly. And that is precisely the wrong thing. Not becoming totally absorbed in activism means maintaining consideratio — discretion, deeper examination, contemplation, time for interior pondering, vision, and dealing with things, remaining with God and meditating about God. One should not feel obliged to work ceaselessly; this in itself is important for everyone, too, for instance, every manager, too, and even more so for a Pope. He has to leave many things to others so as to maintain his inner view of the whole, his interior recollection, from which the view of what is essential can proceed.

–Pope Benedict XVI
Light of the World, with Peter Seewald

Your ship is at sea without sails and without oars. Nevertheless, it is guided by the great Pilot who will certainly bring you to a secure port. It is battered by storms and winds so that the Power and Wisdom of that great Pilot will shine forth in you. (St. Paul of the Cross)

During January 2011

11 January, 2011

1st January
Birth of St. Vincent Strambi, C.P., (1745)

1st January
St. Paul of the Cross concludes his 40 day retreat in Castellazzo (1721)

3rd January
Birth of St. Paul of the Cross in Ovada, Italy (1694)

5th January
Feast of Saint Charles of Mount Argus

6th January
Anniversary of the Baptism of St. Paul of the Cross, Ovada, Italy (1694)

6th January
Anniversary of the marriage of Luke Danei and Anna Maria Massari, parents of St. Paul of the Cross (1692)

7th January
Introduction of the Ordinary Process of Canonisation of St. Paul of the Cross (1777)

9th January
Opening of the Hospice of the Crucified, first Passionist residence in Rome (1767)

24th January
Feast of St. Francis de Sales